Rep. Tina Davis' Biography
State Rep. Tina Davis was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 to serve the 141st Legislative District.
Now entering her third term, Rep. Davis has forged a leading role on key issues, including economic development and opportunity, job creation, pay equity, property tax reform and programs assisting families, seniors and veterans.
Described by a local newspaper as "an active and accomplished legislator with long roots in the community, and prior experience as a township council member," Rep. Davis’ commonsense legislation, votes and philosophies span partisan divides and serve the greater good not only in Bucks County but throughout the commonwealth.
As a former real estate agent, Rep. Davis saw first-hand how unfair property taxes were driving people – especially seniors – from their homes. She was an early supporter of state legislation to eliminate residential property taxes and remains committed to seeing an end to the unfair and archaic levies while fighting for responsible education funding.
Rep. Davis’ successes in Harrisburg are a natural outgrowth of her experience on Bristol Township Council, where she made helping families and economic development her priorities.
As a councilwoman, Rep. Davis implemented the only township-funded program in Bucks County to aid homeowners facing foreclosure. Her attention to detail and the problems of working Pennsylvanians led to her appointments in Harrisburg to key House committees, including Consumer Affairs, Gaming Oversight, Insurance, and Liquor Control.
Putting people first and finding creative ways to solve problems has become the Davis trademark.
After seeing homes and businesses being looted by scrap metal thieves, she worked with industry and law enforcement to forge bipartisan legislation – now Act 79 of 2014 – that is helping to stem the plague of metal thefts across Pennsylvania.
Rep. Davis is not afraid of stepping on toes when she confronts issues that need to be addressed.
Responding to repeated "Pay to Play" instances and allegations across the commonwealth, Rep. Davis introduced tough legislation that would prohibit public officials and candidates in Pennsylvania from accepting ANY gift valued at more than $50.
Media reports of repeated and sickening instances of online "revenge porn" prompted Rep. Davis to spearhead legislation – now Act 115 of 2014 – which establishes criminal and civil penalties for disseminating images of a former intimate partner without consent.
When insufficiently regulated drug and alcohol halfway houses threatened to bludgeon communities, Rep. Davis stepped up forcefully for new legislation and oversight.
As a member of the House Manufacturing Caucus, Rep. Davis has helped to bring industrial and political leaders to Bucks County to see its many advantages and skilled workforce.
Using her increasing influence in Harrisburg, Rep. Davis has brought expert panels to Bucks County to lay the groundwork for combating online fraud and bullying and heroin and opiate abuse and to devise fairer taxes and better services for America’s military veterans.
The Davis quest for solutions is not new.
As a resident of Bristol Township, Rep. Davis was frustrated by neighborhood flooding. Not one to sit by and let someone else take care of things, she went to the township office to see what she could do and quickly became enmeshed in municipal operations.
After being elected to Bristol Township Council in 2006, Rep. Davis became council vice president and served on its finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees.
She quickly built on her early accomplishments addressing road repairs and flooding:
- She helped to create a local Keystone Opportunity Zone to develop a major vacant property and bring jobs to the area;
- She worked with county, state and federal agencies to secure grants to renovate the municipal building, help local fire companies, and obtain a new street sweeper truck and new camera truck for the sewage treatment plant;
- She successfully applied for a low-interest state loan to renovate the sewer plant; and
- She successfully shepherded multiple road and drainage projects.
As a 1983 graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in computer science, Rep. Davis and her husband, Jim, own a small local trucking business.
However, their priorities always revolve around their three children: son James, and daughters Taylor and Cameron.
Rep. Davis is a hockey mom, loves to cook and has volunteered as a basketball coach, room mom at her children's schools, and with the local Girl Scouts and the American Cancer Society.
She has also served as a state Democratic committeeperson.
Despite the full slate, Rep. Davis’ heart and home remain in Bucks County, even as she seeks more solutions in Harrisburg. Her Levittown office is constantly abuzz with community projects, including shredding events and "Treasure Hunts" for missing property being held by the commonwealth.
Rep. Davis is a public servant committed to work on behalf of Bucks County and the 141st Legislative District.